Freedom of Expression and Internet Regulations
The webinar has a simultaneous interpretation service available in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
The Internet has transformed our ability to communicate instantly and inexpensively. In 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, the OAS Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, and the ACHPR Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information issued a joint declaration recognizing that the exercise of freedom of expression may be subject to limited restrictions which are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, but stressing that any such restrictions must be balanced and comply with international law on the right to freedom of expression. They also expressed their concern that many government initiatives fail to take into account the special characteristics of the Internet, with the result that they unduly restrict freedom of expression through inadequate regulations.
The purpose of this webinar is to discuss whether these concerns are still valid 10 years after this declaration, and the current status of the exercise of freedom of expression on the Internet. The practice of content blocking and government regulations will also be discussed, analyzing their risks and implications.
Moderator: Carolina Aguerre - Co-Director, CETYS